Everett man found not guilty of all charges

September 12, 2009
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A Middlesex County jury has found former Everett custodian Robert Shea not guilty of all charges lodged against him, following a nine-day trial in Woburn Superior Court.

Shea, a longtime Everett School Department employee who worked as a foreman- custodian, was suspended from his job without pay last year after being indicted for the alleged rape and indecent assault of a 12-year old boy.

Shea also served as a junior varsity basketball coach at the Everett public schools.

Shea, 57, ultimately resigned his position with the school department before the matter went to trial.

The trial began on August 18 and finished with the not guilty jury decision on August 27.

It was alleged that Shea repeatedly raped and assaulted the victim at Shea’s Everett home. The rapes were alleged to have taken place over a period of months, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.

Shea was arraigned on April 7 in Malden District Court and was released on bail and ordered to have no contact with the victim and his family and no unsupervised contact with children under age 16. He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor.

“We believe we put forth a strong and compelling case before the jury, but we must respect their decision, and we thank them for their time and service to the commonwealth,” said Leone.